Issue of November 9, 2014

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Two–gun strapping police in Trinidad slapped with 3 cases
by Jimmy K. Laking

A rookie policeman who held residents at bay with a pair of pistols in La Trinidad’s Barangay Alapang near midnight of Oct. 28 has been slapped with multiple cases after he pointed a gun at a nurse and divested her companion of a cell phone.

A spot report signed by S/Insp. Ronnie O. Albino of the La Trinidad Police Station identified the rookie policeman as one Ericson D. Lacaden, who was undergoing field training program and a native of Sudipen, La Union.

Recovered from his position was one Cal. 45 Armscor pistol with one magazine and one Cal. 9mm Glock 17 pistol with three magazines.

His victims were identified as one Getrude Monica S. Menzi, 23, single, a registered nurse with address at Barangay Alapang and one Richard E. Palasi, businessman and a resident of Barangay Poblacion.

Investigation disclosed that Menzi and Palasi, who were on board a motorcycle, spotted the suspect trying to open a parked Tamaraw FX as they were about to park at the Menzi residence nearby.

But as the pair removed their helmets and as they proceeded to open the house, the suspect appeared in front of them and confronted them with a short firearm.

Menzi did not hesitate and run to the provincial road where she sought assistance from a passing motorist to rescue her companion.

The motorist promptly sent a message by text to Punong Barangay Rolando Leon who called for police assistance and who responded by observing the suspect at a distance.

The suspect was walking up and down the road when policemen arrived to disarm and to arrest him. It was not revealed if he was drunk at that time.

The victims told investigators that the suspect forcibly took Palasi’s cell phone and the key of the motorcycle which he used in a bid to open a parked Delica van parked nearby.

Records of the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office revealed that two counts of grave threats, a case for robbery with intimidation as well as case for malicious mischief were filed against Lacaden.

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